Skip to comments.Romney camp sides with Obama that health insurance mandate is not tax
Posted on 07/03/2012 5:06:20 AM PDT by tsowellfan
Mitt Romneys presidential campaign on Monday rejected a Republican attack on the Affordable Care Act, repudiating a contention made in last weeks Supreme Court decision that the laws requirement that individuals carry medical coverage amounts to a tax.
The Romney teams refusal to invoke the word tax with regard to the individual mandate puts the candidate at odds with others in his party at a moment when Republicans are attempting to capitalize on the Supreme Courts decision, which deemed President Obamas health-care law constitutional. Some Republican-led states are trying to thwart the legislations effort to cover the poor.
In an interview Monday on MSNBC, Romney campaign senior adviser Eric Fehrnstrom said the former Massachusetts governor disagrees with the courts ruling that the mandate was a tax.
Although disappointing to conservatives, the justices decision contained what they regard as two silver linings: the potential to fuel political opposition to the law and a path to undermine its substance.
First, in ruling that Congress has the ability under its taxation power to fine people who choose not to have health coverage, the court undercut Obamas credibility on how to define that provision. The president had insisted repeatedly that it is not a tax....
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But remember folks, it’s vitally important that we vote for our socialist instead of their socialist, so get on the ball!
I just saw Gov. Christie on Fox News saying that this is not what Romney himself says about it.
But that doesn’t make any difference.
Apparently nothing will interfere with the passion of some self-proclaimed conservatives who will stop at nothing to discredit Mitt Romney and promote the candidacy of Barak Hussein Obama.
This is Washington Post b-effing-s.
It seems to me what the Romney “camp” was trying to claim (clumsily, what’s new?) is that Roberts’ corkscrewing the mandate into his opinion as a tax was preposterous.
Roberts couldn’t possibly uphold the mandate as a penalty, so he pulled an executive branch taxing authority out of his cowardly arse and validated the mandate thusly...
The Romney camp is just too “nuanced” (read: gutless) to make their point with a sharpened f’ing edge to it.
Coleman is a fool. I have no idea why they let him hang around. I know they don’t pay him.
He is the political genius who lost to washed up comic Al Franken.
I agree with everything you said and especially the above statement.
The reason for nuance is often used in politics to reserve the right to shake the Etch a Sketch of a particular issue at some point later in a campaign OR during one's Presidency.
Maybe, he is on the team however.
As much as I hate to agree with Mitt I don’t think its a tax either. Its a penalty. The whole thing is unconstitutional and Roberts has further undermined our national stability by coming up with his tortured opinion calling the individual mandate a tax. If you purchase something you pay a tax if you refuse to purchase it you pay a penalty. It makes you wonder about the guy’s reasoning abilities.
Roberts was doing Obama a favor. A pay back. Roberts was relieved that Obamas executive order protected the children brought illegally to the United States. It does not just cover children from Mexico.
Nothing personal but this is the kind of post I really hate.
Do you honestly think there is no difference between Obama and Romney or are you just playing to the crowd?
I see no joy here; no optimism; no incentive to get out the vote and get rid of Obama.
Sometimes I’m beginning to wonder if Free Republic supports the Republican nominee for president or not ???
It’s a good question, isn’t it?
‘As much as I hate to agree with Mitt’
kinda says it all doesn’t it about what’s going on in this forum.
Kepp talking yourself into un-election, Willard.
Your question is based on a logical flaw.
Saying that both are socialists does not mean that there is “no difference” between the two. That is a straw man.
Nevertheless, both men are generally supportive of larger, more expansive government and less freedom - at least if their respective records are to be believed.
Your attitude is based on a logical flaw.
We must elect Romney. He is light years different from Obama.
I am sick of people trying to say they are the same.
Just because Romney doesn’t share every jot and tittle of your viewpoints does not make him a socialist.
He is a capitalist and a successful one. If he does nothing else, he will turn the country back into a capitalist direction.
I hope Romney makes an inspired choice for vice president.
Something tells me the peasants are going to storm the castle with pitchforks and torches before Romney’s first term is up. Hopefully his veep will be better at thinking and acting like a conservative.
They are far from the same but I'm NOT not going to lie to myself by claiming he's a republican and I'm not going to let RINO supporters insult my intelligence by telling me he's not a liberal.
If he is a capitalist he would be against social programs and high taxes.